Family reunification, to see that families are reunited in Canada, is a primary objective under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Canadian citizens and permanent residents may sponsor certain family members under the Family Class for permanent residence. The basic requirements to sponsor a family member require that you must be at least 18 years old, a Canadian citizen, or a permanent resident living in Canada, able to prove that you are not receiving social assistance for reasons other than a disability, and can provide for the basic needs of any person you are sponsoring. There are situations in which you may not be able to sponsor an individual, contact us for more information regarding your eligibility to sponsor.
Spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner
Dependent child, including Adoptees
Parents and Grandparents
Lonely Canadian Rule or Last Remaining Relative
To sponsor someone is to legally promise to the Canadian government to provide for the sponsored person’s basic needs from the day they enter Canada as a permanent resident until the term of the undertaking is completed. Regardless of changes in family situations such as marital breakdown or financial changes, the sponsor continues to be responsible for the sponsored person and will repay the government for any social assistance (welfare) received by the sponsored person.
The length of undertaking, is the length of time that you are financially responsible for the person you sponsor. It begins the first day the person you sponsor becomes a permanent resident.
*The length for undertaking in Quebec is different.
If you are a Canadian citizen living outside Canada, you must prove that you intend to live in Canada when your sponsored relative(s) become(s) a permanent resident. If you are a permanent resident living outside Canada you cannot sponsor someone.